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Sundered Waves Debuts for Pathfinder And takes You on a Puzzle-filled Dungeon Adventure

Sundered Waves is a new digital adventure for the Pathfinder roleplaying game by Paizo. What makes it special is it’s a one-shot!

The adventure features a jaunt through a puzzled-filled dungeon and is the first release in a now downloadable adventure line!

Sundered Waves is written by Paizo’s Director of Game Design, Jason Bulmahn.

Get it now and start exploring!

Build a 3D World for Dungeons & Dragons in Under a Minute with Cartographr

Cartographr

Two NYU graduate students, Joanna Liu and Rivelle Levine, were doing their thesis research on tabletop gaming and realized a gap between the current gaming tools and players’ dream tools. They set their minds to make a dream map-creation tool that is one step closer to the future vision of a holographic tabletop. The result is Cartographr, a social media platform that provides a more affordable and more immersive experience for tabletop role-playing gamers. Powered by Augmented Reality technology and shareable user-generated content, the app makes collaborative virtual world creation seamless by using intuitive drag and drop gestures, on the devices players already own. Users can manipulate complex digital 3D environments in real space with a single finger. The Kickstarter is live​.

Cartographr is designed for both in-person and remote gameplay. When players are in-person, the tool uses Cloud Anchor AR technology,  allowing multiple players to see the same virtual objects, at the same physical location, at the same time. Game-stores of the future can use this technology to create their own dungeon for players to visit and explore in-person. When players are remote, the experience is very similar to Roll20, but in 3D. Everyone can load the map on their own table and see changes in real-time. All players can also access features such as fog of war, dynamic lighting, distance tracking, and music integration.

Other cool game mechanics include: a single button to change from tabletop-sized miniature view to life-size in-person view, the ability to turn on and off dynamic grids for terrain, and the ability to transition from third to first person view.

Traditional miniature artists are also excited about this tool because of its promise of scanning physical 3D minis into the app and a creator market that gives individual artists the chance to sell their 3D work in a groundbreaking, new way. 

The application will be available on both iPhone and Android for free when launched, plus an additional web-browser view. The Kickstarter campaign will give backers the opportunity to score some exclusive digital packages at a lower cost and also some cool merchandise, such as a “mimic” T-shirt that comes to life with AR. 

The Old Dominion is Coming to Conquest

Para Bellum Wargames, the developer and publisher of the fantasy Regimental Miniature Wargame Conquest: The Last Argument of Kings and Skirmish system Conquest: First Blood, revealed the decision the Conquest Community reached on its “Project 6” event through the Living World platform. The event had five rounds of voting, based on constantly released information about three candidate factions: the Weavers – a twisted variation of the fantasy archetype of wood-elves; the City States – a fantasy technomantic faction inspired by Ancient Greece; and the Old DominionConquest’s take on the undead archetype. With a dominant lead, the Old Dominion was the decisive winner of the vote.

The winner, the Old Dominion, is Conquest’s take on the undead-archetype, with Byzantine and Roman influences in their design. Spawned by the amalgamation of Hazlia, humanity’s fallen god of old, with the Horseman Death, the undead of the Old Dominion are neither infinite in number nor mindless creations. Fueled by the Will of Hazlia, his faithful revel in their un-life, plotting to convert their living descendants to the one, true faith of their Un-God. Reflecting the lore in the game, the Old Dominion is expected to be an elite-type army on the table, with individuals gaining strength as the army’s numbers diminish and Hazlia’s Will is more and more concentrated and focused.

Coming in Q1 2022, the Old Dominion will be the sixth faction of Conquest, following the dinosaur-riding W’adrhŭn (the fifth faction) shipping next month!

The Old Dominion

BOOM! Studios Announces Surprise Magic #1 Ashcan for March 2021

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a brand new first look at Magic #1, the premiere issue of -the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long–time fans, available on April 7, 2021.

In response to the enthusiastic support and overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios will provide each qualifying store with one copy of a surprise ashcan that previews the first issue and includes exclusive backmatter, available in stores on March 10, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee, and Junggeun Yoon, and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado, Taj Tenfold, and Magdalena Pagowska featuring fan-favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov.

Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited–edition Collector’s Set of Magic #1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo, along with the Magic #1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.

Magic #1

Sirius Dice Launches Charity Dice Series. The Inaugural Set Focuses on Cancer Awareness

Cancer Awareness Dice set

Sirius Dice, distributed to local game stores through Alliance Game Distributors, is launching a new, limited edition Charity Dice Series today, March 3. The Series was created to build awareness for small charities and the incredible work they do. The inaugural dice set will focus on cancer awareness and will raise money for SURVIVEiT, an innovative non-profit organization that empowers those facing cancer to define their journey and face cancer on their own terms.

Founded in 2019 by Lax Chandra and Tina Trenkler, Sirius Dice aims to bring high quality dice and gaming accessories to tabletop gamers everywhere. Their focus is to support local games retailers by offering unique merchandising and display opportunities. The Charity Dice Program offers specially designed dice sets as a way to build awareness and raise money, with twenty percent of the proceeds going to partner charities. “When we learned that Sirius Dice was launching the Charity Dice Program, we wanted to do our part to help bring the gaming community together in support of the initiative,” said Charlie Tyson, President of Alliance Game Distributors, “We are proud to partner with Sirius Dice to help get the word out.”

The inaugural Cancer Awareness Dice Set was inspired by Trenkler’s experience battling Stage 3 colorectal cancer and her desire to help others going through their own cancer experiences.

This particular, limited-edition set features one of the most unique designs Sirius has ever released. While typical dice sets may feature a specific color theme, the Cancer Awareness Dice set was purposely designed multi-colored, united by the theme of awareness for all types of cancers. Each tube contains a unique, randomized assortment of dice colors, with each clear resin die containing ­floating cancer ribbons in one of 24 ribbon and ink colors, along with a ribbon symbol on the D20.

Proceeds from sales of this dice set will go to SURVIVEiT, a cancer patient advocate that recently launched the world’s first interactive Cancer Navigation Tool.

Gamers and those interested in supporting the cause can purchase the Charity Dice Series set at their local games store starting today. Charity Dice Series sets are denoted by a fuchsia cap on the packaging. Sirius Dice will be announcing three additional sets in the Charity Series later this year.

Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #4 Preview

Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #4

(W) AJ Mendez, Aimee Garcia (A/CA) Martin Coccolo
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

To rescue one of their own, Runa, Saarvin, and Patience must brave the mines! Out of the snow, can they survive the onslaught of enemies who await them?

Based on the massively popular game and featuring a brand-new cast of characters, written by New York Times bestselling author AJ Mendez and writer/actor Aimee Garcia!

Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #4

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is coming to Tabletops

Modiphius has unveiled the official Elder Scrolls: Skyrim board game coming later this year – a co-op game for 1-4 players setting you on a path for epic adventures across Skyrim! You can sign up for more info on the project page.

The game publisher has also announced two brand new releases for The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms tabletop wargame, with a fearsome Skeleton Horde come to boost the forces of the undead, plus the Reserve Dice set to replace the card Stamina, Magicka, and Health tokens.

The Elder Scrolls Call to Arms: Skeleton Horde and Reserve Dice Set are available as part of the Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms Collection.

Skeleton Horde

The creaking bones of the unquiet dead herald the approach of the Skeleton Horde. Necromancers animate the remains of those long dead, and ancient oaths keep fallen warriors from their final slumber. Three SKELETON WARRIORS with sword and shield challenge your Heroes and beware the SKELETON AXEMEN with their fearsome ancient greataxes, capable of downing the toughest of foes.
Features:

  • 3 x Skeletons Warriors
  • 3 x Skeleton Axemen
Skeleton Horde

Reserve Dice

This set of dice replaces the card Stamina, Magicka and Health tokens from the Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms core set with 18 colour coded 12mm dice in six each of Green, Blue and Red. For use with Elder Scrolls: A Call to Arms Miniatures Core Rules. This set contain 18 12mm dice for use as replacements for the card tokens in The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms core set: Features:

  • 6 x 12mm Blue Magicka Dice
  • 6 x 12mm Red Health Dice
  • 6 x 12mm Green Stamina Dice
Reserve Dice

Modiphius Releases Deadly Data and Feulish Endeavour for the Spy Game Roleplaying Game

Modiphius has announced the release of “Deadly Data” and “Feulish Endeavour“, two brand new PDF-only mission releases for the Spy Game Roleplaying Game.

The Deadly Data and Feulish Endeavour PDFs are available now as part of the Spy Game Collection, the espionage RPG based on the world’s most popular roleplaying game. Here are the details on these brand-new releases.

Deadly Data

Deadly Data

Race to a lost agent holding the key the survival of the agency…

The wind roars through your shattered windshield as the tires of your smashed car scream, smearing a layer of scalding hot rubber across the blistering asphalt. People dive to safety just as one of the outriders swerves into the passenger side door, causing your vehicle to spew a geyser of electric yellow sparks as your driver side grinds against a concrete wall. Your foot smashes the pedal and a quick swerve gives you back control of the road. The speedometer passes 90 mph and the engine snarls as you gain the lead, your team laying down cover fire while you accelerate towards the helipad 80 feet away.

The helicopter’s engine is already running. The target’s on the move. You have seconds to react or they’ll be out of reach forever…

This standalone 24-page adventure for The Spy Game Roleplaying Game, based on the world’s most popular Roleplaying game. 

  • This standalone 24-page adventure for The Spy Game Roleplaying Game, based on the worlds most popular Roleplaying game. 
  • It includes three acts of fast-paced spy action is by experienced GMs Eric Campbell and Sam Webb, perfect for four to six 4th-5th level characters. 
  • Includes helpful stand alone maps for Deadly Data and Fuelish Endeavour for ease of use.
Feulish Endeavour

Feulish Endeavour

Discover intrigue and espionage as corporate interest and political scandal threaten more than just a re-election…

Assigned by the Caledonian Spy Group (CSG), the team is hired to investigate an American Senator. The Senator has been on the campaign trail, transferring money into and out of his account as part of his bid for the U.S. presidency. Most of these donations appear legitimate, but there is more than one item which appears a little too generous for the sender they relate to, and as such the agency has been tasked with investigating the senator’s private financial records.Fortunately, an opportunity to access this information has presented itself…

  • This standalone 24-page adventure for The Spy Game Roleplaying Game, based on the worlds most popular Roleplaying game. 
  • It includes three acts of fast-paced spy action is by experienced GM Oz Mills, perfect for 4th-6th level characters. 
  • Includes helpful stand alone maps for Deadly Data and Fuelish Endeavour for ease of use.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCF Gets Dual Egyptian God Decks in June

Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon

Awaken the power of the Egyptian God Cards!

If you’ve ever wanted to build a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game deck around an Egyptian God Card but didn’t know where to start, look no further than the Egyptian God Decks! Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon and Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor serve up simple strategies to Summon and win with either Slifer the Sky Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor.

Slifer the Sky Dragon

Slifer powers up depending on how many cards you have in your hand, so this Deck uses Token-generating effects to help you gather the 3 required Tributes while using fewer cards from your hand. After you have Slifer on the field, power it up with cards that let you draw more cards, like the brand-new Thunderforce Attack! Based on Slifer’s signature attack, this Spell can destroy all your opponent’s face-up monsters at any time, but if you use it during your own Main Phase you can draw a card for each monster destroyed!


Obelisk the Tormentor

Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor

Unleash the true power of Obelisk the Tormentor by Tributing 2 monsters you control and wipe your opponent’s monsters off the field! This Deck uses self-replicating monsters to provide Tributes and protect your Life Points as you get closer to drawing your Divine Beast. Obelisk’s own ability can crush your opponent’s monsters all at once, but throw in the new Spell Card, Fist of Fate, and you can negate a monster’s effect and destroy it without needing to Tribute. Activate during your own Main Phase and you can crush all your opponent’s Spells and Traps as well!


Each Egyptian God Deck is 40 cards total and includes 1 Egyptian God Card and 5 new cards – 4 unique new cards as well as 1 copy of Soul Crossing, a brand-new Quick-Play Spell Card included in both Decks that lets you Tribute Summon your Egyptian God Card by Tributing your opponent’s monsters!

Each Deck is playable on its own straight out of the box and comes with a Dueling Guide that explains the basic strategy and some rules you should know to get the most out of your Deck. Of course, if you pick up both, you can mix and match their strategies to create an awesome Deck that can wield multiple Egyptian God Cards!

Each Egyptian God Deck contains 40 cards:

  • 4 Ultra Rares
  • 4 Super Rares
  • 32 Commons
  • 1 Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide

Miniatures Go Artisan with Para Bellum Wargame’s New Conquest Line

Para Bellum Wargames, the developer and publisher of the fantasy Regimental Miniature Wargame Conquest: The Last Argument of Kings and Skirmish system Conquest: First Blood, revealed the first release in their “Artisan” series. The series made its debut with the “dual-kit”: the kit offers an alternate to the existing miniature of the Dweghom Raegh Character and the Dweghom Exemplar Command Upgrade model as an alternate assembly option.

The Artisan series debut brings a massive change to the original miniature of the Dweghom Raegh Character, who now comes equipped with huge pauldrons, reflecting the Raegh’s amassed “Aghm”, his worth in Dweghom society. As a candidate for the same role in the future, the Exemplar alternate assembly option offers a single such pauldron and alternate weaponry, reflecting the promise the Exemplar holds for the Dweghom Hold.

The Artisan Series Raegh/Exemplar dual kit offers:

  • An entirely different miniature to the existing for the Dweghom Raegh.
  • A Dweghom Exemplar Command Upgrade miniature as an alternate assembly option.
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